It is 12 years on 12 February since I first started taking Empowerplus from Truehope. I had suffered with bipolar disorder for almost a half century, but had no idea what was wrong with me.
A year ago I decided to start writing my own story of recovery, which was published on Kindle 3 August 2014, in paperback 19 September 2014 and on Nook Books in November.
The title of my book is MISSION IMPROBABLE: How I Healed Bipolar Disorder without Drugs by S. Deborah Fryer. The paperback may be ordered at [email protected]
Many people with mental illness have a genetic mutation called MTHFR that prevents the liver from detoxifying. All mental health begins in the gut. Healing the gut and taking supplements of methyl B-12 and methyl folate (slowly) can reverse this defect. Many people with chronic fatigue have MTHFR. This mutation can lead to suicide and suicidal ideation. Here is a link to learn more about MTHFR.
Thank you for this great article. I hope that someday I can survive without medication. However, I think there is a definite place for medication and professional help. I am just coming to terms with years of debilitating depression and anxiety and horrible mood swings. Finally, at age 43, I was diagnosed as bipolar, which explains "me" (and what others around me have had to endure) for the last 30 years. I was a horrible person to be around. Now that I am receiving the proper meds, I can "see" the world as it really is. It's amazing, to be relatively free of craziness, selfishness, anger, and indifference. It's a long story, but... I hit rock bottom. It was either, submit to God's will, or die. Obviously, I'm still here. I had the most amazing experience of my life. A true Revelation, and was "Reborn", with a new found love of life, loving our Savior, and wanting to move forward and do what is right. I am struggling with how to rebuild my life, and how to come to terms with the damage I've caused, and I couldn't survive without the medications which (finally) have stabilized me. Every day is a struggle to get out of bed, even now, with the Lord's help. However, considering all that has happened, I have been blessed immensely. I would love to be able to live in a stable environment, with people who care to help support me, and to slowly go off meds, and go natural, and to eat a healthy diet, but I simply don't have those luxuries in my life. Again, thank you for this article, just please don't discount medication completely. Some people need it to survive. Some days all we can do is survive.
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